The Real World: SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz alumni young and old speak about the jobs they secured after college, and what it took to dip their feet into the real world.

The real world can be scary. It’s certainly not college — there’s no Hasbrouck, no keg stands at the frat house, and most disturbingly, no more fall-back parental bank account. Leaving your comfort zone is one thing, but entering into a rocking-horse economy with a mountain of debt?  That’s enough to make one consider grad school.

But here, we at The Little Rebellion have compiled a few stories of New Paltz alumni who have passed their employment exams — whose careers are either looking bright or maintaining energy. And they all owe a little bit of that success to their diplomas from New Paltz. But it would be more than a stretch to say that it was only their degrees that got them where they are now. These grads also chalk it up to self-reliance, determination, networking, and admittedly a little bit of luck.

You can link to their stories below. And hey, keep your heads up, seniors.

Mitch Scott graduated from New Paltz last May, and is already teaching English at LaGrange Middle School.

Meg Zanetich, a recent journalism grad, is now freelancing at two publications in the Hudson Valley.

Anilsa Nunez, who graduated in 1995 with a degree in radio and television performance, is now assistant dean of students and director of residence life at St. John’s University.

Ivey Haber has been wearing many hats since she graduated in May 2009 with an interpersonal communications degree. She’s a freelance art production assistant,  set designer for film and TV, and a jewelery and makeup designer.

Katie Koch was a communication disorders major who graduated in December 2009, but now she is a preschool teacher assistant in Coram, N.Y.

Alex Storozynski has what nearly every journalism major wants: a Pulitzer Prize. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in political science.

 

 

Emily Atkin

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